Where can I get free pallets? And how do I know if a pallet is safe to use? You will find all information about getting free pallets and their safe usage here in this article.
9 Big Secrets to Finding Free Pallets
When it comes to the DIY pallet projects we feature on the blog, those two questions always seem to make it into the comment section. Here is a look at nine big secrets to finding free pallets. How to know if they are safe!
1. Free Pallets at Distribution Centers:
Distribution centres in the pallets industry often receive very good-quality but non-conforming wooden pallets that are not compatible with their systems.
When that happens, they may set them aside and make them available to you for pick up. However, never show up at the distribution centre unannounced; get a referral first. You will get free pallets!
Realistically, having a distribution centre let you in to take oddball pallets can be a long shot, but it might be worth the effort.
2. Be The Local Pickup Service:
Does being a local pickup service sound odd? It’s not when you can get free pallets! If you know of some local businesses that are constantly getting rid of pallets, simply ask them if you can take the load from them.
If they’re already paying someone to do it, you could always offer to take the pallets for free because you like to use them for DIY projects, or just tell them you’re taking them to repair and resell. Pallet recycling is booming and you can simply ask anyone where to find pallets near me.
Any excess items you don’t use could then be given to someone else that needs them or taken to a dump area. This type of relationship may develop into something even bigger. They may eventually contact you if they end up having other kinds of waste that you could use for your at-home projects.
3. The Internet Always Wins – Free Pallets on the Internet:
In addition to finding old pallets, you will always find cheap pallets for sale on the internet. The Home Depot offers recycled pallets and disassembled recycled pallet kits.
While pallet wood can also be found on sites like Etsy and Craiglist. This business offers old pallet wood to customers in South Carolina.
You can advertise anything you want to get rid of, so long as someone else can provide you with free or cheap pallets. Facebook and other social media sites can be just as helpful as the freebie-finding website Freecycle.
4. Local Shops and Small Businesses:
Large businesses usually have pallet programs in place to reuse pallets internally, return them, or recycle them, and many will not let unannounced outsiders on site.
Therefore, it is usually hard to secure pallets from large pallet generators like supermarkets, big-box retailers, or manufacturing plants. With this in mind, you are better off dealing with small shops, schools, seniors’ residences, or other operations.
5. Free Pallets at Building Sites:
Construction sites have their materials delivered by wooden pallets. If large sites aren’t convenient to get to, smaller sites such as houses under construction are often more accessible.
You will certainly find a few pallets waiting for you (although it sometimes takes some daring to ask a stranger for their pallets!).
6. Furniture Stores:
Furniture stores often get their shipments on pallets from wholesale pallet sellers near them. Since furniture falls into the dry goods category, furniture stores are an outstanding place to source clean, dry, and free pallets. Again, all you have to do is ask the store owner if they have any unwanted wooden pallets that you could take.
7. Pet Shops:
No, we didn’t write Pallet Shops. It’s really Pet Shops! You can find free pallets at pet supply stores and they are often good places to find pallets that are in great condition. Since pet supply stores often get their products on wood pallets, they’ll likely have some to offer you.
Plus, many pet stores handle dry goods, meaning their pallets are in good condition. Offer to pick them up for the store, and they may allow you to take them for free or sell them to you for pennies.
8. New Businesses:
Have a new business coming to town or going into a strip mall or store? It is a great place to find free pallets and scrap lumber! How do you think they get all those products in to start the store? That’s right—on pallets and in shipping crates!
When you see a new store coming in, stop and ask. Get permission before taking any pallets. This may lead to a healthy business in the future.
9. Hardware Stores in Your Area:
Since hardware stores handle dry goods mostly, this is a good way to find clean pallets. Hardware stores use wooden pallets for most deliveries, making this a good way to get your hands on some for an affordable price, or even at no cost.
We hope this article has been helpful to you. Please share it with anyone you think will appreciate the information and kindly drop your comment below.
If you have issues finding pallets that are available for free, consider actually buying them from a local pallet builder, pallet yard, or even a pallet broker like Pallets Plus.